Workshop »Networking for Ecological Connectivity and Green Infrastructure«

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Tuesday, 19 September, 2017 - 09:00 to 18:00

Koper, Slovenia Škocjanski zatok Nature Reserve

Speakers: 

Welcome speakers:

  • Bojana Lipej, Nature reserve Škocjanski zatok, Koper
  • Darij Krajčič, Institute of the Republic of Slovenia for Nature Conservation, director, EUSALP Ag7 co-lead
  • Mitja Bricelj, Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia, EUSAIR TSG 3 coordinator

Presentations and facilitation:

  • Aleš Bizjak, Slovenian Water Agency
  • Blanka Bartol, Ministry for the environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
  • Gundi Habenicht, Land of Salzburg, Department of Nature and Environment Protection
  • Klemen Jerina, University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Forestry
  • Maurizia Sigura, University of Udine
  • Nadja Penko Seidl, Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Department of Landscape architecture
  • Pierpaolo Zanchetta, Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Central Directorate for infrastructure and territory – Landscape and biodiversity Division
  • Suzana Vurunić, Institute of RS for Nature Conservation
  • Taja Ferjančič Lakota, Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention 
  • Tina Trampuš, Institute of RS for Nature Conservation, EUSALP Ag7 co-lead
Meeting topic: 

Goal

According to the mission statement of EUSALP AG 7 one of the main objectives is to trigger tangible implementation initiatives and liaise with implementation partners from relevant sectors to make Green Infrastructure visible and close gaps in the trans-European “matrix for life”. (See also www.alpine-region.eu/action-group-7).

The event aims at focusing on the theme of ecological connectivity and identification of ideas and potential partnerships for implementation of different initiatives (possibly in the next program period). Workshop will be an opportunity for dialogue between different organisations interested in implementation of projects on ecological connectivity, focusing on the east part of the Alpine Region but with open possibilities for the wider EUSALP implementation.

Points from discussion and conclusions will be gathered and will feed-in guidelines prepared to be used throughout the Alpine Region.

Content

Deepening the understanding of the ecological connectivity and green infrastructure concepts, past and current projects/activities/partnerships and needs for action. Discussion and identification of challenges on

  • Multi-functionality and connectivity of green infrastructure
  • Relation between ecological connectivity and ecosystem services
  • Embedding ecological connectivity in spatial and cross sectoral planning
  • Key stakeholders for implementing an ecological connectivity project and how existing projects and partnerships can be capitalised on

 

Target audience

Relevant stakeholders from EUSALP, mainly from its eastern part, and EUSAIR – Slovenia, Italy, Austria and Croatia. Government organisations, expert and research institutions, development agencies and other members of the EUSALP team

 

Rationale

Implementation of EU Strategy for the Alpine Region (EUSALP) was launched in 2016 and concrete implementation steps are on their way, including activities within the project AlpGov - “Implementing Alpine Governance Mechanisms of the European Strategy for the Alpine Region”. Initiating strategic initiatives is one of the main challenges for reaching concrete implementation of EUSALP goals. Therefore, a networking event will be organised by EUSALP AG7 (ecological connectivity) to enter into a dialogue with strategic implementation partners, according to EUSALP working plan and AlpGov project.

Workshop will be one of several dialogue events planned within the AlpGov project, that aims at addressing in a strategic way relevant target groups and stakeholders and involve them in developing concrete activities and strategic initiatives for implementation of EUSALP AG7 goals.

One of the biggest challenges, also in the eastern part of the Alpine Region and in connections to Adriatic-Ionian region, is assuring cooperation of different actors for implementation of cross border and transnational ecological connectivity. Working towards common concepts and visions of ecological connectivity is a process of building mutual understanding and harmonisation of implementation methods among different stakeholders. Another challenge, aligned to the goals of EUSALP action plan, is reaching out of the region, towards other mountain regions (e.g. Dinaric Alps). Cooperation with other initiatives and macro-regional strategies (EUSAIR, EUSDR) offers opportunities for that.

 

 

Agenda: 

Morning Session

Welcome

 

 

Introduction

Tina Trampuš

Institute of RS for Nature Conservation, EUSALP Ag7 co-lead

Nature conservation, protected areas & ecological connectivity

Taja Ferjančič Lakota

Permanent Secretariat of the Alpine Convention

Ecological connectivity and green infrastructure in strategic spatial planning

Blanka Bartol

Ministry for the environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia

Green Infrastructure within Slovenian strategic spatial plan

Nadja Penko Seidl

Biotechnical Faculty, University of Ljubljana, Department of Landscape architecture

Coffee break

 

 

Connecting valleys (urban and peri-urban areas) to the mountains – Italian experiences

Pierpaolo Zanchetta

and

Maurizia Sigura

Autonomous Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia, Central Directorate for infrastructure and territory – Landscape and biodiversity Division;

University of Udine

Spatial connectivity analysis – DINALP BEAR Project

Klemen Jerina

University of Ljubljana, Faculty for Forestry

Cross-sectoral planning of Green Infrastructure – River Corridor Development Concept

Aleš Bizjak

Slovenian Water Agency

Implementing ecological connectivity in spatial planning as a long lasting process – experiences of Salzburg

Gundi Habenicht

Land of Salzburg, Department of Nature and Environment Protection

Discussion

 

 

 

Afternoon Session

1. part – Im In Market

Implementation Initiatives Market

Introduction and identification of:

  1. Ecological connectivity problem
  2. Ideas for the solution
  3. Potential partners

2. part – working in groups

  1. Concepts of Ecological Connectivity and Green Infrastructure
  2. Ecological Connectivity in the Alps/ Alpine region
  3. Cross-sectoral cooperation & Stakeholder involvement
  4. Ecosystem Services & Ecological Connectivity

Coffee break

3. part – plenary

Results from A-D working groups discussion

Im-In Market – reflections, discussion ...

Conclusions and next steps

 

Visit of Nature reserve Škocjanski zatok (optional)

http://www.skocjanski-zatok.org/en/

 

Event will be in English.